Princess Beatrice and Eugenie could take over some of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former royal roles according to a leading biographer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world earlier this month when they announced they are standing down as senior royals. Instead the couples aim to become financially independent and will split their time between Britain and North America.
Currently the duke and duchess are living in Canada with their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey, author of books about both The Queen and her mother, suggested this is likely to boost Beatrice and Eugenie’s roles.
Speaking to Hello magazine he commented: “It’s quite clear that one of the consequences is that Beatrice and Eugenie will now be brought forward, if they’re willing to be brought forward.
“If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie.
“It’s ironic that Harry mentioned his cousins as models of how he wants to be.”
Lacey pointed out it will be 15 years or so before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children can assume major royal roles.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are six, four and one respectively.
Lacey added Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie taking on a bigger role would be “greatly welcomed” by the wider royal family.